Democracy, a very successful form of governance in the 20th century, at the turn of the 21st century is traumatized. Among the most established democracies, people express concerns about democracy and the confidence on democratic institutions is shaken. Within this context of democratic backsliding and distrust, this paper argues that the design of democratic institutions is crucial to reverse the distrust on democracies. But there is need for institutions that will activate people’s participation and make democratic institutions more accessible. This paper explores how a novel rethinking of the rights and duties of citizens can shed new light into democratic participation and enhance the trust of citizens in political institutions.
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